Utilizing a Forefoot Strike Gait Pattern to Decrease Symptoms of Anterior Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: Part II

Humans using a running gait. Note the "su...

Last week I reviewed a case study on treating chronic extertional compartment syndrome (CECS) by switching gait strike pattern in runners from heel-strike to forefoot-strike (HERE) by Diebal et al.  The same authors followed up their case study with another case series on the same topic.

Again, the authors sought to determine if switching runners with CECS from a heel-strike pattern to a forefoot-strike relieved pain and improved function.  They examined 10 runners who were candidates for fasciotomies undergoing a 6 week running intervention program.

Outcomes

Following the running intervention program, anterior compartment pressure after running decreased from an average of 78 to 38 mmHg. Vertical ground reaction forces also significantly decreased while running distance improved from a mean of 1.4km to 4.8km.  One year after the intervention program, 2 mile run times were significantly improved and no patients had to undergo surgery.

English: barefoot running

The authors concluded that a forefoot-strike gait patten intervention can reduce the pain and disability that comes with CECS which may help patients avoid surgery for this condition.

References

Diebal, Gregory, Alitz, Gerber. (2012). Forefoot running improves pain and disability associated with chronic exertional compartment syndrome.  American Journal of Sports Medicine, 40(5).

  One thought on “Utilizing a Forefoot Strike Gait Pattern to Decrease Symptoms of Anterior Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: Part II

Please share you thoughts and opinions

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: